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Rubbish and recycling

If you have received a letter from us asking you to allow us to assess your current waste requirements please complete this larger bin online form.

Next bin day

Enter your postcode to look up your collection dates.

Your grey bin is for general waste; your red bin is for things you can recycle (see list in table below). You may also have a green bin for garden waste - see our garden waste page for more information. We also collect and recycle your small electrical or battery powered items. If you need an extra recycling bin you can order one here.

You can also arrange for a bulky waste collection.


We collect your grey and red bins once a fortnight on alternate weeks. We collect green bins once a fortnight. Please place your bin, bag or box at the boundary of your property by 7am on the day of collection otherwise we won't be able to empty it. Contact us if you have trouble moving your bin because of your age, illness or disability.

All bin lids are required to be down for collection. Any waste not contained within the bin with the lid closed and left as excess at the side of the bin will not be collected. 

Recyclable waste should be placed loose in the recycling bins, not in carrier or black bags. Recycling bins containing items that cannot be recycled will not be emptied until the next collection and only if the items are removed. 

Waste Operations Service Standards Policy

You can now recycle more than ever from home

Check what you can recycle

We now collect plastic pots, tubs and trays, as well as food and drink cartons and foil in your recycling bin or box.

Please rinse out or clean off any food. Squash items to give you more room in your bin or box. Items should be not be in plastic bags or black sacks. Only recycling bins containing the correct items will be collected.

Find out more on re3's recycling page.

What can I put in my bin?

Bin TypeYes pleaseNo thank you

General rubbish (usually grey)

Non-recyclable rubbish, including hygiene waste (incontinence articles, catheters etc.)

Hazardous waste

Trade waste

Other clinical waste

Recycling (usually red)

NEW - Plastic pots, tubs and trays (for example, meat and cake trays, fruit punnets, yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs)

NEW - Food and drink (Tetra Pak) cartons

NEW - Clean foil and foil trays

Plastic bottles (no lids)

Paper and card

Tins and cans (rinsed)

Empty aerosol cans

Shredded paper (must be contained in a small cardboard box or envelope)

Plastic bags, film and wrapping

Black plastic trays

Glass bottles

Kitchen towels, tissues or wet wipes

Food waste

Nappies and sanitary products

Any other items

Green bin or bag

Grass and hedge cuttings

Leaves, plants and weeds

Untreated wood and branches up to 100mm thick

Food waste (including fruit and vegetables)

Treated wood

Turf or soil

Garden furniture

Pet bedding or litter

Gravel or rubble

Trade waste (including waste from a gardener or other contractor working on your property)

Plastic bags and wrappers

Small electrical item collections

Put your item in a carrier bag next to your red recycling bin on your recycling collection day. We will collect one bag per collection. We  only take items under 30cm x 24cm, for example kettles, toasters, irons, hair dryers, radios and small power tools. No large items, white goods, printers, items with screens, microwaves or light bulbs. Please take these to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (the tip) or arrange a bulky waste collection. If the item is in good working condition you could consider selling it or donating it to charity. 

Missed bins

Before reporting a missed bin, please check your collection was due - check collection date. You must report your missed bin before 5pm on the working day following your scheduled collection day.

We will not return to empty your bin if the collection crew found it was not presented at the boundary of your property by 7am on the day of collection, your bin was too heavy, contained the wrong items or you left extra general household waste. pdf icon Waste Operations Service Standards Policy. [221kb]

Report a missed bin  

The Recycling Centre (the tip)

You can find the tip on Google Maps. There is also information about what you can take to the tip and its opening hours. Use our recycling bank locator to find out where to take recycling.

Every household in Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham was sent a resident's permit to use re3 recycling centres in summer 2016. It is no longer necessary to use a resident's permit to visit the tip if you live in the re3 area - you simply need to show ID and proof of address.

Commercial and Commercial-type vehicle permits

Residents wishing to visit the re3 recycling centres in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle will require a permit for every visit. These are free. Permits are sent by email only. You must have a valid email address to receive a permit. 

Apply for a commercial or commercial-type vehicle waste permit.

More information, including a list of the vehicles included in the scheme, is available in the pdf icon re3 Waste Acceptance Policy [674kb]

Charges for some non-household waste

The following items of non-household waste incur  a charge when brought to a re3 recycling centre for disposal:

  • Soil, hardcore and rubble
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Gas bottles

All vehicles will be checked for chargeable waste on arrival. 

re3 area residents can still dispose of all other household waste free of charge at the recycling centres.

More information, including a list of charges, can be found on

re3grow compost available to buy from recycling centres

re3grow compost is available to buy from recycling centres (the tip) in Smallmead, Island Road in Reading and Longshot Lane, Bracknell. re3grow is a peat-free compost, made from recycled garden waste and can be bought directly from the Meet and Greet teams at the recycling centres in Smallmead. The compost is available in 40 litre bags at £3.50 per bag or with multi-buy discount: 3 bags for £10.

New bins

If your grey or red bin has gone missing or is damaged, you will need to order a new bin. We will deliver it in 15 to 20 working days. We will empty one standard-sized grey bin per property, however, in some circumstances, a larger grey bin may be approved. 

Garden waste collection information

New bin type


Grey bin


Red bin


Green bin


Garden waste sack


Garden waste collection service (from 1 April 2017)

See garden waste page for more information

£50 for bins

£15 for bags

The price of all bins includes a £15 delivery fee.  

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